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56x Road to Hell or the Devil's Handcart by Drawings by Norman Neasom (1915 - 2010)

56x Road to Hell or the Devil's Handcart by Drawings by Norman Neasom (1915 - 2010)

The Devil's Handcart or The Road to Hell

Watercolour - Signed and dated 1956 heavily inscribed

Image Area: 14.5ins x 21ins

The meaning of the phrase is that individuals may have the intention to undertake good actions but nevertheless fail to achieve. This inaction may be due to laziness, procrastination or other subversive vice. As such, the saying is an admonishment that a good intention is meaningless unless followed through, which is notoriously difficult for common good intentions such as losing weight through dieting or quitting smoking.

A different interpretation of the saying that is sometimes found, is that good intentions, when acted upon, may have unforeseen bad consequences. An example are the economic policies of the 1920s and 1930s. Intended to be a prudent response to the economic turmoil following World War l and the Wall Street Crash respectively, these were a major cause of the Great Depression and thus eventually of World War ll in which millions of people suffered and died

Where Norman was concerned it was probably the latter, as the horrors of WWll resurfaced in the remembrances of 1955. The drawing (although in colour) has a far more significant meaning however as many of the characters on the Devil's Handcart show features of people in close proximity to Norman at the time

Norman found it highly amusing when in 1988 he opened an exhibition of his work held at a local gallery and one of the characters on the cart was seen admiring the picture but failed to realise that he was one of the main characters

This work is in a private collection

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